Brightness of the Arts

The name of our parent organization, Phare Ponleu Selpak non-profit school, translates to ‘brightness of the arts’. The school in Battambang and the circus in Siem Reap serve as beacons of light and hope. The school helps young Cambodians transform their lives through art. The circus in Siem Reap provides good jobs for brighter futures.

Phare - lighthouse - beacon of light

The COVID pandemic threatens these beacons of light. The pandemic halted international tourism, the primary source of revenue for the circus which funds 60% of the school’s budget. However, Cambodians are resilient and determined, finding a way to survive and thrive.

“Phare Circus Rising weekend program” is a beacon of hope for us all, artists, staff and Siem Reap community. We have been severely impacted by sudden disappearance of international tourism. Phare is a shining example that inspires dreams, positivity and resilience within us. I hope you will join me to keep the brightness of arts shining, artists employed, staff and community well being taken cared of by donating to “Invite a Family to Phare Circus”.

Dara Huot

CEO, Phare Performing Social Enterprise

Dara Huot, CEO - Phare Performing Social Enterprise


Phare Circus resumed performances on 31 July 2020 with a weekend schedule for local audiences until international tourism resumes. However, most in Siem Reap also depend on tourism and are facing financial difficulties.

You can help by making a contribution to “Invite a Family to the Circus” campaign. Your donation will allow us to invite local families to the show at no cost to them. lt helps put smiles on faces, cover the cost to keep the circus open, and provide jobs to the artists and staff.

Invite a Family to the Circus


Your contribution will provide show tickets to local families and sustain Phare Circus until tourism resumes. Put smiles back on faces of Cambodians facing difficult times. The show must go on!


Thank you for your support

The circus ticket you bought, that souvenir you picked up at Phare Boutique and the refreshments you enjoyed at Phare Café all help make it possible. Every time Phare is engaged for private event or overseas entertainment, all help make it possible. Your contribution to “Invite a family” helps put smiles on faces and bridge the gap until international tourism resumes.

Your patronage of Phare, The Cambodian Circus is helping to transform lives. Thank you!

Thank you for your support